One of the things I have observed after many months on the road is the question of how religion presents itself in different cultures. Everywhere you go, even in countries where one religion is widely accepted, people express their faiths, or lack thereof, in different ways. Religion is a huge factor in shaping culture, and that’s not necessarily positive nor negative. Historically, religion has been the root of many disputes, intolerances, persecutions, and even wars. But, in reality, religions really are not very different from each other, and religious intolerance is unnecessary.



Turkey is a Muslim country, but it's a place of many religions in history. In Selçuk, we visited the St John the Bapti...

We toured a section of Cape Town called Langa. It is a very low-income area of Cape Town owned by chiefs of native tribes and clans. The township was originally a designated space for Black Africans during the apartheid era, and still today, it is made up of 99% Black Africans belonging to native tribes and clans. Langa is the oldest of many governmentally designated areas for Black Africans in South Africa, during the apartheid era.


We started our tou in the Langa Community Center, where there are crafts and skills taught, such as mosaics, pottery, painting, and building, as well as a place for people to just hang out and occupy themselves. When adults are unemployed, they often go to the community...

January 27, 2015

By Bella Richter de Medeiros


Unexpected things you learn while traveling for a year with your family:


  1. You’re going to miss home a lot more than you think you will. You’ll miss things that you didn’t even give a second thought about, but you only now notice its absence. (I’m talking about boxed macaroni and cheese here.)

  2. Hanging out with your family 24/7 may sound incredibly appealing but it has its limits.

  3. Showers. You never know what kind of shower you’re going to end up with. You get used to freezing cold showers, you get used to 30 second hostile water-saving showers, you get used to showers whose strongest water pressure is the equivalent of a dripping faucet, you get used to shower...

January 15, 2015

by Bella Richter de Medeiros


As most of the people who know me know; I don’t like nature. I am the exact opposite of an outdoorsy, hiker, explorer person. So I originally was not excited at the prospect of going to the national park Peninsula Valdes. My mom and Heather proposed the idea after seeing a very small blurb promising penguins in their Lonely Planet: Argentina book, and they were like, “Oh my God, we have to go there.” They organized a two-week roadtrip throughout Argentina, ending with four days in the Peninsula Valdes.



We arrived at the Peninsula after a very long car ride, which we were all used to by now, since it was towards the end of the roadtrip. We stopped at the little entry buil...

November 28, 2014

By Isabella Richter de Medeiros


About two months ago, my mom and I went to my high school’s counselor to talk about homeschooling and credits. We wanted to make sure that, even though I would be homeschooled for a year, I would graduate with my Class of 2017. With the way it worked out with the meeting, I was able to get set up with three online classes, totaling in 2.5 credits for this year: one year of Algebra, one year of PE (a state graduation requirement), and one semester of Health (also a state graduation requirement). Usually, one would accumulate at least 6 credits per year. So, next year, I’ll have to do my school’s Running Start program, which will allow me to catch up on all my credits an...

September 5, 2014

by Bella Richter de Medeiros


With just under three weeks on the countdown to the departure date, I have to start thinking about what I'm going to take with me on this trip. Packing isn't easy, especially when you have to pack a year's worth of things. You learn how to prioritize, since over-packing is the worst thing ever. We definitely over-packed on our France/Italy trip this summer, and I'm not going to let that happen again. 




Choosing what clothes I'm taking with me is really tough, because I have a very limited amount of space in my backpack for a year's worth of clothing. It's also difficult because I really like clothes; I love wearing stuff that makes me feel good about myself, and I...

August 19, 2014

by Bella Richter de Medeiros



We landed in Paris and were absolutely exhausted from flying 9 hours into the future. I wasn't a fan of Paris, even though I was the family's French translator. I probably didn't enjoy it as much as I could have because of the lack of planning of the trip; we were exhausted and rushed the whole time. We took the metro most places because our apartment was so far away from the "tourist" area of the city. We did Versailles one day, and I was miserable the whole time because it was so hot and so crowded and I wasn't wearing sensible shoes and also wasn't used to walking so much. We did not do the Louvre, but we did D'Orsay and L'Orangerie, which were both incredible. I saw...

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